New Zealand is set to welcome even more Chinese visitors, following the start of a series of new flights to Auckland.
The HNA Group recently launched two new routes that saw the arrival of two airlines in New Zealand and connected Auckland to three major Chinese cities. First on 21 December, Tianjin Airlines commenced a new flight from Tianjin to Auckland via Chongqing, and then on 29 December Hainan Airlines started flying direct from Shenzhen to Auckland.
Both routes will operate three times a week using a twin-aisle Airbus A330-series aircraft.
For Tianjin Airlines, Auckland becomes only its third long-haul destination following Moscow and London. But the airline is planning to add new routes to destinations including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Paris and Melbourne in the coming years.
Hainan Airlines meanwhile, has been progressively expanding its global route map in recent years, including the launch of its first ever flights to the UK and Australia earlier in 2016.
Five Chinese carriers now fly to Auckland, with Tianjin Airlines and Hainan Airlines joining China Eastern, China Southern Airlines and Air China.